2015 Nickerson Lecture Series: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room as Designed by Whistler
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The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s famed decorative interior, has crossed with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West. The room began its life as a Victorian dining room filled with blue-and-white porcelain of the Kangxi era. Since 1923, it has been on display as one of the great treasures of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art.